Oops: This article was original posted under the byline "Duff McKagan" by accident. Sorry, Duff.
Waaaaaaay back in July, Seattle band Blooper dropped their Ballard Ave. EP and . . . nobody noticed! I admit, I didn't catch wind of the record until we put out a call for records to review in Reverb Monthly (where every local release will get a review), and the band sent me a note. I've been listening ever since.
The EP is a brief, distorted bit of fuzzy pop, in line with the garage rock that's been percolating in town lately. The four Blooper originals--including the standout, "Courtney"-- are followed by an anthemic cover of Teenage Fanclub's "Song to the Cynic." The whole thing is streaming on their bandcamp.
Hey, while we're talking about Reverb Monthly . . . we're putting the finishing touches on our list of releases to review in our first issue, out Aug. 31. If you're in a local band and you have a release scheduled for any time between now and the end of September, please send me a note with links to your tracks so we can include a review of your record. Remember, we want to review EVERY SINGLE LOCAL RELEASE each month.